Humpback Whales of Western Australia are currently southbound as thousands of mothers and their calves make an incredible journey back towards Antarctica. The morning sun was shining through as we made our way to the sighting grounds and breaching had begun just ahead. Four mothers and their calves were enjoying a very social interaction as breaching, peduncle slaps and head lunges unfolded. One female and her calf in particular were busy communicating to the other pods with surface activity as the second pod swam directly behind our stern. It was a great way for them to hide in our sound footprint and allow them to hide from the other pods. A juvenile Hammerhead Shark made a brief appearance to our starboard side as he looked for brekkie.
Whale Watch 1 departed the Hillarys Boat Harbour as we cruised out to the sighting grounds and all eyes were on the lookout for the Humpback Whales of Western Australia. A powerful breach launched on our starboard side as a cheeky calf seemed to have recently finishes a good meal of milk. Breaching and head lunging continued as this boisterous calf continued to practice the Language of the Whales as mother whale cruised alongside. A second mother and calf pod had heard the commotion and were also in migration mode as they continued through the sighting grounds. Preparing to make their way to the Humpback highway it was great to see these Humpback Whales looking refreshed and ready to continue their journey southbound.